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Musica Hispanica

November 3, 2017
  • Location: First United Methodist Church
  • 6 E. Wright St.
  • Pensacola, FL 32501
  • (850) 484-1806 phone
  • Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Admission: $20 - general admission; $25 - reserved section; $10 - students


The Choral Society of Pensacola features works spiced with the flavors of Spain and Latin America on "Musica Hispanica," the opening concert of its eighty-second season and one of the opening events of Pensacola’s fourth annual Foo Foo Festival.

The sixty-voice volunteer chorus will perform two major works: "Misa Criolla" of Ariel Ramirez, a setting of the mass incorporating Argentinian folk styles, and "Romancero Gitano" (Gypsy Ballads), Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s setting of nine poems by Federico Garcia Lorca for chorus and guitar. The group will be conducted by its artistic director Xiaolun Chen, who is celebrating his twentieth anniversary with the ensemble.

For this concert, the Society welcomes a number of special guests: Pensacola Opera Artists in Residence Eric Dean Wassenaar, who will serve as the tenor soloist in the "Misa Criolla," and Evelyn Saavedra, who will perform Manuel de Falla’s "Seven Spanish Folk Songs" with pianist Cody Martin, as well as pianist Ila Brown, the Pensacola Guitar Orchestra (director, Dr. Joe Stallings) and musicians from Pensacola State College.

The concert is funded, in part, by a generous grant from Foo Foo Fest, with additional sponsorship from Blues Angel Music and "La Costa Latina."